Christian urban fantasy review: Whispers of a Faded Dreamer by Celesta Thiessen
Actually, the story is closer to science fiction than it is to fantasy. But it’s an excellent story. Celesta’s books are always deceptively simple and direct. This book should be one of my worst fears: a lyrical, allegorical fantasy. But she avoids that adeptly. Here’s her blurb:
In this unusual Christian fantasy novel, Cara Peirce wants to help people. She wants love but making connections in real life just isn’t something she’s good at. Through an unsettling turn of events, Cara finds herself a mostly-willing participant in a bizarre life in which she only feels truly alive in her dreams. Her surreal adventures in other realms seem important, somehow. And, almost every night, she dreams of the same guy – Blaze Saxon.
In the end, only whispers remain. But the end is only the beginning.
This is the story of a faded dreamer.
A bewildered young woman finds truth
But it’s a strange world. An evil corporation has developed technology which allows the sharing of dreams. But that’s about as far as I want to go. I don’t want to dilute the discovery of the story.
Spiritually, it’s nearly a five
Defenders of doctrine will quibble themselves again. On some levels, it’s barely mainline. But overall, in this strange world, it feels close to Truth without compromise. Celesta twists our concepts enough to provoke thought and self-examination. But it’s very satisfying spiritually.